Rafa Benitez and his Chinese Super League team were stuck in SPAIN for pre-season training with no idea when their campaign will start as a result of an outbreak of coronavirus … as Dalian boss says, “I’ve never known anything like this”
- The start date of the Chinese Super League is postponed from February 22
- The side of Rafa Benitez, Dalian Professional, is stuck in their hotel in Spain
- They are just the last to be affected by the outbreak of deadly coronavirus
- Club takes important precautions to prevent it from spreading
Rafa Benitez admits that the consequences of the outbreak of the deadly corona virus are nothing that he has ever encountered in his football career.
His club, Dalian Professional, should be in the final phase of their preparation for the season before the start of the new Chinese Super League season.
But that has already been postponed from the start date of February 22, with April now potted, although that may change.
Rafa Benitez admits that he has never experienced anything like the effects of corona virus in football
The Chinese club is stuck at the Westin La Quinta Golf Resort and Spa in Benahavis, Spain
He and his players are now stuck in Spain and are preparing for a season that they don’t know when it will start or not at all.
“I’ve never known or experienced anything like this in my career,” Benitez said The Athletic.
‘Normally you would know when you start, you have the matches, you know when and where you play, but here we wait.
“Of course you understand the logic of these decisions after the news about the virus, which has changed everything. It is a normal preseason but in very strange circumstances. “
Precautions are being taken whereby the team and staff are effectively quarantined at the Westin La Quinta Golf Resort and Spa in Benahavis in southern Spain.
Dalian Professional would start the new season next week, but it has been postponed
Benitez has detailed the precautions to be taken in the face of the virus
“We record and monitor the temperature of the players twice a day, and there is antiseptic gel in all areas where we are around,” says Benitez.
‘We keep them for two weeks on the hotel grounds and in the training rooms, to make sure that everything is taken care of. It is really a precautionary measure – you can see that everyone is fine – but we do everything in case. “
They undergo double training sessions most days and with facilities such as table tennis, table football and cards boredom has yet to begin.
But they are simply the newest club in the sports world that is going through a major revolution as the deadly virus spreads.
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Manchester United would stay in the same hotel in Marbella, but had to move when they heard that Benitez and his Chinese side were staying.
That came after United decided to leave Odion Ighalo – on loan from Shanghai Shenhua – at home.
They feared that the outbreak of the virus could result in the former Watford man being denied entry to the UK.
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World Cup skiing races have been canceled, while Fed Cup tennis matches scheduled for Dongguan will now take place elsewhere.
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